Some people with diabetes become so angry about their condition that they refuse to take medication and continue to eat the wrong foods. This attitude can, of course, have serious and even fatal consequences, particularly in people with insulin-dependent or type 1 diabetes.
A typical example
Here's a striking example of what one such patient feels:
"I was diagnosed at age 21 with type 1 diabetes. I was a skinny, happy person then with no psychological problems at all. Suddenly I found myself with a million restrictions of all kinds, and food became an obsession in my mind. I was always thinking and worrying about the food that could mean my death. I was doing well with keeping my sugar right for about 6 months max. Then I got depression from all the restrictions I had.
"It’s not fair to live like that! I went for therapy and on anti-depressants, which worked well, but you can't stay on those forever. Since then, I stopped testing my sugar, because it's always high and it makes me angry and scared. And I eat anything, all the time, by myself in secret. I have chocolate/cookies/chips hidden EVERYWHERE! I eat all day, at least every half hour. I eat myself nauseous, and I eat myself broke, I've stolen food (a lot). I’ve stolen money to buy food. I just can't stop!
"I feel so alone with this. I'm scared that I'll die or lose my legs or something with my diabetes being so out of control - I'm totally out of control! I can't tell my husband. He will never understand. So I don't really know what to do."
This is a cry from the heart and it needs to be addressed, or else this woman will eventually do herself irreparable harm.
The psychological aspects of diabetes
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